Mobile, Ala. (WALA) The Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team (MCSENT) arrested 33 year-old Tamer S. Foqahaa at a west Mobile warehouse as part of an ongoing drug operation. MPD says Foqahaa was in possession of almost 200 pounds of assorted, pre-packaged Marijuana Analog, or Spice. The street value of this Spice is approximately $614,000.
Foqahaa is charged with Trafficking of Illegal Drugs and is currently in Metro Jail with no bond.
The Mobile Police Department is calling it the largest spice bust ever on the Gulf Coast.
“We see this as probably the single most significant threat to the health and safety if our community that we’ve seen since the crack epidemic of the 1980s,’ said Barber.
Mobile Police say the suspect stored the spice in Public Storage on Azalea road.
“We’ve obviously hit a rung in the ladder that was up way above the street level,” said Barber.
Although this was a unprecedented bust, Barber says there is still more work to do.
“I think it’s fair to say it’s a very significant bust but have we removed it all from the streets? Absolutely not. We are just scratching the surface of what’s going on”
Authorities say the colorful, seemingly innocent packaging is a marketing strategy to get your kids attention.
Mobile District Attorney Ashley Rich says parents should take notice.
“This needs to be a conversation with every parent who has an elementary a middle school and a teenager in their home,” said Rich.
Police will continue their investigation into this operation. Anyone with information about the use or sale of Spice should contact Mobile Police Intel at (251) 208-7000 or text to CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword CRIME 411.